Butte in Silver Bow County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
The Con Headframe
Men Lowered and Ore Raised
The Anaconda Copper Mining Company (ACM) erected the Mountain Consolidated (or simply the "Con") mine headframe in 1928. Towering 129-1/2 feet, the steel headframe and five idlers towers replaced smaller wooden structures (the steel structures are easily seen in the photo at tar right). The Hoist House (or Engine Room), located on the hill above, lowered men and equipment into the mine and raised ore from the mine. The Con headframe is the second tallest of the 12 surviving steel headframes on the Butte Hill.
Shaft Drops 5,300 Feet
Below the headframe a mineshaft dropped almost 5,300 feet down to access crosscuts (horizontal tunnels) and drifts that intersected and followed the copper veins. The copper-bearing ore was raised to the surface and off-loaded into ore bins to await shipment via the Butte, Anaconda and Pacific (BA&P) railroad to concentrators and smelters in Anaconda. Headframes (also known in Butte as a Gallus or Gallows Frame) were symbols of the community. In the heyday of underground mining, electricians and ropemen decorated them every Christmas and lit them each
Location. 46° 1.379′ N, 112° 31.951′ W. Marker is in Butte, Montana, in Silver Bow County. Marker can be reached from Little Minah Street 0.2 miles east of North Main Street when traveling east. Marker is located at the east end of the Mountain Consolidated Mine parking lot, overlooking the "Con" headframe from just outside the fencing that surrounds the headframe. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Butte MT 59701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Welcome! To the Top of the World (within shouting distance of this marker); Butte-Anaconda Historic District (approx. half a mile away); Butte-Anaconda-Walkerville (approx. half a mile away); Thompson Park (approx. 11.7 miles away).
More about this marker. Marker is a large composite plaque, mounted horizontally on a waist-high post.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Butte-Anaconda National Historic Landmark District
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1. Mountain Consolidated Mine. The Mountain Con, or simply the "Con", is located in uptown Butte. It possesses the deepest shaft on the Butte Hill at 5380 feet. The headframe still stands. (Submitted on January 1, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Mountain Consolidated Mine (Submitted on January 1, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 2, 2019. This page originally submitted on January 1, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 40 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 1, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.